Lambert praises players in defeat

COLCHESTER United boss Paul Lambert praised his side for a rip-roaring performance against Millwall, although two early goals ultimately cost the U's dear in a 2-1 defeat.

Carl Marston

COLCHESTER United boss Paul Lambert praised his side for a rip-roaring performance against Millwall, although two early goals ultimately cost the U's dear in a 2-1 defeat.

Kem Izzet pulled a goal back on 35 minutes, after Lewis Grabban and Paul Robinson had propelled the Lions into a two-goal lead. It was one-way traffic in the U's favour for most of the second half, but they could not find an equaliser.

“It's very frustrating. We gave it all we had to get the equaliser,” insisted Lambert.

“But we gave ourselves a mountain to climb by making two silly mistakes for their two goals. Millwall are up there in the table on credit, and the game is hard enough at 0-0, let alone when you're two goals down.

“I thought we started off really well. David Perkins has been terrific for us since I've been here, but he made an error for their first goal, which he knows.

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“Then Clive Platt made a mistake at the far post for the second goal. These two lads are usually as reliable as the day is long, but we came back well from this.

“Kem Izzet took his goal well and I thought it was all us in the second half. We just could not get the equaliser. We threw absolutely everything at them.

“We have had a hard time of late, but the players have been excellent since I've been here and the crowd really responded to the players tonight. We will do everything we can to bring some success to this club,” added Lambert.

The U's are still waiting to record their first win at their new Community Stadium after six failed attempts. They drew their first two and have now lost four on the bounce on home turf.

Lambert said: “Perhaps this is preying on the players' minds, but it's my job not to let it!”

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